William Ogallo

Kenya | Fulbright S&T awardee 2012Columbia University | Biomedical Informatics

willyAs a Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship awardee, William Ogallo is pursuing a PhD degree in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University in New York. Because of his background in clinical practice and passion in computers and information technology, his research interests lie in Clinical Informatics where he focuses on designing and developing open-source computer-based systems and decision-support tools for use in healthcare. The goal of his work is to create and implement more cost-effective, easy-to-use and efficient systems that will have a positive and sustainable impact on patient outcomes especially in resource-constrained settings.

Hailing from Kenya, William graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree. He then joined the Purdue University’s Global Health Pharmacy Residency Program, a one year experiential learning program based in Eldoret, Kenya that focuses on extensive training pharmacists in clinical pharmacy practice, teaching, research and management. In addition to several other projects he was involved in during his residency, William played the key role of designing and guiding the development of a new pharmacy database system for the Academic Model Providing Access To Healthcare (AMPATH) in Eldoret, Kenya. This system differs from conventional ones by incorporating tools that are intended to achieve better tracking and enhancement of patient adherence to medications, in addition to managing customary pharmacy transactions. William hopes to further fine-tune this system and make it scalable for use worldwide.

Outside his work routine, William enjoys sports, music, travelling, meeting people and community service.